Firstly, we would like to thank the lads in the Reserve Grade squad for our win. A number of First Grade players were not available and so we relied on the Reserves plugging the gap for us. This in turn led to Reserve Grade being depleted but they still put up a great display in their game and were unlucky not to have won.
Secondly, to see the likes of Daniel Anyijong, Dut Garang and John Mangar in the starting line up and to watch how well they played was fantastic. Also, full credit to Callum Smith and Paul Malith who came on as subs later in the game shows the strength of the Reserve Grade players. And how good was it to welcome back Gum Mayak from injury – Gum played half a game in Reserves and then came on in the second half of First Grade and showed some amazing football skills. Thank you guys for all stepping up. We must also thank Dictor Dangrin for being available on the bench after playing another top game in Reserves and of course Jordan Andrews, our Reserve Grade goalkeeper who is always ready to take over from Mitch Weeden if injured.
Storm was never going to be beaten - it was just a matter of when we would find the back of the net. A huge number of opportunities went begging throughout the whole game. It wasn’t until the 41st minute of the first half that John Mangar knocked one in and from that moment on the lads looked like they would score a bundle. The second half started like the first half with plenty of missed chances until Daniel Keam scored in the 19th minute and then followed up with his second in the 31st minute.
Northern Storm 3 Coffs Tigers 0
Man of the Match was Daniel Keam who played his heart out today, scored 2 goals and had to try so hard to get his 4th yellow card – enjoy the rest next week Dan
First Grade – report by Colin Scully
Our next match is at HOME on Sunday, 4th August - Storm play Orara at The Cove, Korora. Reserve Grade kicks off at 12pm and First Grade at 2pm
Only 3 games remaining so PLEASE come along and support the lads as they fight to retain the Minor Premiership.